Here is an Herb Thread that I found that has some good information in it. More specifically, it’s about growing herbs in containers. For those that are interested. 😉 Much of my gardening knowledge is found through trial and error. And reading first. Though I don’t always do the reading first…
This year, the only herb I have growing is basil, and it is doing wonderfully. I simply pluck off the leaves and use them on whatever I feel like having at the moment. Tonight, for instance, I had a bagel with basil leaves, tomato slices and cheese. Slightly warmed. I love basil. I’ll chop the leaves and throw it in pretty much anything, when I have the taste for it. I’ve also made pesto on many occasions, and then stored it in those tiny Mason jars in the freezer. I’ve added sun-dried tomatoes to some batches, too. It freezes well, I’ve found, and well, I love pesto.
Thyme can be fun to grow… So can lavender (though my climate has never been well-suited for it, alas). Also, chives (pretty purpley flower heads), rosemary (smush with mortar and pestle and use in cooking – add to olive oil and brush on breads, yum), mint (very overpowering plant, growth-wise, so watch out), cilantro (must get it before it goes to seed)… Dill is supposed to be nice too, although I don’t like it, personally. I am currently considering that it may, in fact, be the vinegar that I do not like in dill products, so that statement may be adjusted in the near future. Sage is another favorite of mine, too. I’ve tried drying some of these, but they end up mostly dusty, instead of actually usable. I probably need to do a bit more reading before I tie them up and let them be.
Basically, I like playing with growing herbs because they are fragrant, I can use some of them in the kitchen, I love basil specifically, and I like playing in the dirt in general. Anything after that, it’s a crapshoot. 🙂 But it’s an enjoyable and potentially edible crapshoot, so it works for me.